Peripheral Artery Bypass Surgery

 

For severe cases of peripheral vascular disease (when circulation to the feet and legs is blocked due to a build-up of plaque or narrowed arteries), peripheral artery bypass surgery may be recommended. Arteriograms will be performed and, if the situation does not allow for an angioplasty, an arterial bypass will be discussed.

In this procedure, which is performed under general or regional anesthesia, the surgeon uses a graft to move blood from an open artery to an artery lower in the leg, bypassing the blockage.

A graft can be made from one of your own blood vessels or from synthetic materials. It is stitched to the artery above and below the blockage creating a new route for the blood to freely flow through.